7 Surprising Things You Can Do With Lemons
Pop quiz: what do you normally do with lemons? Most people enjoy eating lemons outright or using them to add flavor to everything from a hot meal to a cool drink. However, if you think that’s all that lemon is good for, you’re completely mistaken!
The truth is that lemon is one of the most versatile for healing your body, cleaning your home, making everything smell fresh, and so much more. Want to discover everything you can do with this handy fruit? Keep reading to discover the most surprising things you can do with lemons, starting today!
Whiten your nails
If you use nail polish very often, you’ve probably noticed the biggest downside: the changes to your natural nail color. The whole point of polish is to make your nails look better, but when they look dirty and discolored, it really defeats the point. Fortunately, lemons provide a natural solution to this annoying problem!
After you’ve removed all the polish from your nails, simply slice a lemon in half and begin rubbing it on your nails. The juice from the lemons helps to whiten your nails, restoring them to a color that’s healthy and clean. As an added bonus, this beauty technique can save you plenty of money that you’d otherwise be paying for expensive nail restoration at a salon.
Clean your microwave
Cleaning the microwave is always an annoying task for several reasons, including the fact that it’s so difficult to clean the food particles that have solidified inside. However, you can make cleaning the microwave easier and more effective than ever, and all you’ll need is one lemon, a microwave-safe bowl, and some water.
Slice the lemon and two and squeeze the juice into the bowl before depositing the lemons. Next, heat the bowl in the microwave for about three minutes and let it stand for at least five minutes…the steam inside the microwave will loosen those food particles during this time. Finally, remove the bowl and then scrub everything down. You’ll probably be surprised by how easy this is to clean!
Detox your body
Many people enjoy detoxing their bodies as a way of feeling healthier and more refreshed. And lemons can help make detoxing easy, especially because they offer so many benefits. This includes detoxing your liver, making your skin glow, getting rid of bad breath, and even preventing constipation.
To get these benefits, all you have to do is drink a glass of warm water with lemon every morning. That’s it! You’ll start your day off with a few tasty sips, and you’ll still be feeling the benefits by the time you lay your head down to go to sleep.
Keep those insects away
It often feels like keeping unwanted insects out of your home is a full-time job. Fortunately, you don’t need to hire professional pest control when you want to get rid of these annoying pests. All you need is a lemon, some water, and a spray bottle.
To get started, fill the spray bottle with a mixture of water and lemon juice. Afterward, spray the mixture around areas where you have noticed insects. Because the bugs hate lemon, this should be enough to keep them out of the area.
Homemade face scrub
Face scrubs are more popular now than ever before, and it’s not hard to see why: these scrubs remove dead skin cells and give your skin a healthy glow. We don’t always have enough spare cash to buy a fancy face scrub, but that’s okay. After all, it’s easy to make your own scrub using lemons!
To begin, you’ll need 30 ml of lemon juice, 250 ml of oil (preferably almond, coconut, or olive), and 200 grams of salt. Just mix the oil and salt, add the lemon to the mix, and voila: you’ve got a homemade face scrub that won’t cost you an arm and a leg!
Clean your chopping board
Sometimes, it feels like cleaning our chopping boards is a task that never ends. That’s because even when the surface looks clean, the board is still covered in nasty smells. If that’s happening to you, it only takes a few minutes to remove those smells with lemons.
Just cut the lemon in half and rub it on your chopping board. The lemon juice helps to kill the bacteria causing the nasty smells, and you’ll finally be able to use the board again instead of keeping it on the sidelines for being too stinky.
Make your skin smell fresh
Because the juice is so good at destroying the bacteria causing bad smells, you can use it on more than your chopping board. In fact, lemon remains our favorite way to get nasty smells off our own hands, especially at the end of the day.
Over the course of the day, everything from doing the dishes to taking out the trash to cleaning up after your pet can leave your hands embarrassingly stinky. Soap and water don’t always do the trick, but rubbing lemon juice on your hands will do the trick. One warning, though: never try this if you have any exposed wounds, or the juice will send a burning pain coursing through your body.